Orly Lobel has more thoughts over at PrawfsBlawg on the question of banning laptops in law school classrooms.
We discussed this issue here a few months ago, so I’ll just add one relatively recent data point to the empirical picture. The Harvard Bloggership conference in April was held in the Ropes-Gray moot court room at the law school, and had wifi enabled. Lots of the professors had their laptops with them, and one or two professors used the wifi to liveblog the conference. But by the middle of the day-long conference, it seemed to me that a large chunk (around half) of the professors in the audience were online checking e-mail, reading blogs, and surfing around to see what was up in Boston that weekend. Most were paying partial attention to the symposium, but they had a lot more going on than just the symposium.
If I had to guess, I would guess that the most common resolution to this issue (at least over the next 10 or 20 years) will be disabling wireless in classrooms but allowing laptops. That’s not so easy to do these days, but then the folks who designed the networks weren’t making that option a priority. But my guess is that this will change.